In this piece, I wanted to paint a little bit of history about oil painting: chrome yellow was a popular 19th century warm yellow color. The paint tube depicted is a late 19th century/early 20th century Winsor and Newton metal tube that is secured on the wooden board with a wire. On the other side is a painted image of bananas, possibly chrome yellow in color.  I also wanted to paint a bee to add more interest to the painting. It seems confused, slowly crawling to the bananas thinking they might be real.

This piece is mounted on a cradled wood panel with mahogany stained sides (not pictured).

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Chrome Yellow

Oil painting on masonite board
Stained wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

9" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
0 lbs. 8 oz.



Jose H. Alvarenga
Inglewood, California

Getting to Know Jose H.

Jose’s soft still life paintings are like visual puns. He creates relationships between objects that evoke both amusement and contemplation in the viewer. By devising a clever dialogue between objects, Jose turns a still life into a story. Jose utilizes a classical realist style with a gentle nod to surrealism through his unique subject selections. He is inspired by everyday objects, particularly those with a quality of nostalgia, memory, or humor. Jose paints out of his Los Angeles area apartment, where he also enjoys playing the keyboard and reading art books.